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Snowangel and Noon 

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Snowangel and Noon, Close Call Theatre, at O Bar & Cafe. The road to true intimacy is paved with meaningless sex: this is the theme shared by these two one-acts. In Lewis John Carlino's 1963 Snowangel, however, a weary prostitute and her obsessive customer reach their destination only after learning to relate to each other as human beings. Meanwhile the five desperate adventurers who arrive simultaneously for an assignation in Terrence McNally's 1968 Noon discover that the race is not always to the swift.

The patina on these vintage products of the off-off-Broadway coffeehouse circuit is very evident, but Close Call Theatre has an affinity for the period and spares no effort or enthusiasm in making this material fresh. Patrick Clayberg directs Gabrielle Brite and Tony Rago (who's oddly blank-faced, allowing Brite to walk away with the show) as Carlino's soft-hearted hooker and clueless john. And Michael Kingston keeps the pace fast and farcical for McNally's five urban archetypes, who strip and scramble in pursuit of libidinous fulfillment. (Particularly charming are Christine Gatto as an ACLU wife weary of suburban liberalism and Stephen Dunn as a buttoned-down briefcase toter tired of the corporate closet.) This is an engaging evening's entertainment that will be quaintly nostalgic for playgoers of a certain age.

--Mary Shen Barnidge

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